Connecticut Districts

70%
of Connecticut school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

97

706

355,489

Another 19% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 187 school districts in Connecticut, 74% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$7,244,580

invested in local food in Connecticut
with the average school district spending

5%

of their budget on local products.
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School districts in Connecticut are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 93%

    fruits
  • 93%

    vegetables
  • 45%

    milk
  • 5%

    meat or poultry

51%

of Connecticut districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
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Connecticut school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Connecticut local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 57%

    breakfast
  • 92%

    lunch
  • 8%

    supper
  • 17%

    snacks
  • 9%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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At least

108

school gardens are growing in Connecticut
Tend and water those gardens; their benefits are well documented!
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In Connecticut,

22%

of School Districts
Are Engaging Preschool Children
in Farm to School Activities.
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In Connecticut,

18%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
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Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in Connecticut.
What we heard during the nomination process:
New London participates in a Harvest of the Month Program so there is a taste test at all the elementary schools and middle school once a month and then features that item that was taste tested on the lunch menu. We have worked with 9 to 11 local farms to get local produce on the menu regularly. Some farmers even take time in the winter to come visit schools to teach the students what it is like to be a farmer. New London is also part of a processing project with two neighboring districts to process local food produced in the summer to be used year round in the schools. Each school in the district has a school garden that students can go out to and learn about growing different fruits and vegetables. We know that students are more likely to eat a fruit or a vegetable if they had a hand in growing it.
Congratulations to all the school districts in Connecticut conducting farm to school programs.

From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, Connecticut is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ Peruse the list below for more information on the great work taking place in Connecticut.

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